Bhopal: He no match to his namesake. Meet Rajnikanth Dubey, traffic constable posted here, who controls the traffic, literally, by his dance moves. Donning his uniform, paired with shades and moves that can put most of the professionals to shame, he controls the traffic and that too, in style.
To solve the traffic woes in the city, a traffic cop fondly called as ‘Singham’ by his fans, can be seen monitoring the heavy traffic on the interaction near the District Court on the busy Jail Road.
“I enjoy my work”, said Rajnikanth. It gives me a sense of satisfaction that I can control the traffic and reduce the number of accidents. I want the people to be aware that signals and traffic rules are made for the safety of the people. So, it should be followed. It is my way of increasing awareness among the people, he added.
Forget about the beeps of the cop’s whistle and the dysfunctional signal lights, people now stop at the signal, not because of the red light but to have a look at the moves of the dancing traffic cop. I enjoy his moves, said one of the onlookers. I pass through this road everyday and I tell my friends and bring them along with me. We take selfies with him and he is kind enough to oblige. I think traffic constables like him should be employed more. I think it can be an innovative way to stop the accidents in the city, he added.
“Since early days uniforms attracted me. I used to imagine myself dressed in that uniform and to work some day for the country. It gives me a sense of satisfaction that now, I can contribute for raising awareness among the people regarding traffic signals”, said Rajnikanth.
“I don’t know how to dance but once I heard about the traffic constable in some other city. I thought to do it here, too. It might be an eye opener for the citizen to follow traffic rules. There are people who approach me for a selfie. I tell each one of them to follow the traffic rules,” he added.
Rajnikanth performs his 10 hours duty with flamboyant confidence. Be it pollution, unpleasant weather, and of course the maddening traffic. He makes sure that each day he carries out his duty with increased energy and enthusiasm. Increased traffic can cause serious headache for many traffic constables but not for Rajnikanth. He says, “I like to carry out my duty when there is more traffic. It’s a challenging situation for me. I love to face challenges. It instills a confidence in me that I can perform my duty no matter what the situation is.” “Tough times never last but tough people do”, he quoted.
To tackle the rising number of accidents in the city he appealed every one to “follow the traffic rules, always wear a helmet, no rash driving and follow lane discipline” he said. Like most other cities in the country, motorists are not an avid follower of traffic signals and lane disciplines. As a result, utter disorder and confusion are faced by them. The number of accidents in the city is also a stark reminder of the same.